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urbanMamas is a fun venture started by some Portland Mamas who saw that some important information online was lacking. urbanMamas hopes to create a dynamic online community for mamas and papas who want to share tips, advice, reviews, ideas, fun, challenges, and more. urbanMamas encourages its community to fully experience family-friendly Portland! urbanMamas is a project from the heart, and it belongs to all of us who want to share, participate, and connect. urbanMamas is driven by a passion, and it does not receive any compensation for any positive reviews we may post here. if you'd like to contribute, consider sending us your questions or tips, sharing your expertise / services, paying for the blog software, or sponsoring a w[h]ine night (!!).



Olivia, raised in San Francisco, CA, moved to Portland, OR in September 2003, after living in New York City. She works as a community business lender, but misses her two girls immensely while at work. For now, Olivia, her husband, and their two little girls have made NoPo their home, finding that the the city is perfect is many ways urban with a touch of small-town charm; healthy, fresh, and organic; accessible; tight knit.


Shetha is a thirty-something mama to Andrew, born in May 2003 & Gabriel, born in October 2006.  She and her husband Chris have a home close-in SE and enjoy sampling all the restaurants in and around the neighborhood.  She enjoys knitting and outdoor activities including running, hiking, and biking.  She also works full time as a research and development engineer for a high tech company. 


Hau, a transplant from Minneapolis, MN who moved to Portland, OR for a change of pace and scenery. She earns her keep in the transportation industry, attempting to achieve balance in her busy life of motherhood, wife, and career professional by seeking respite and adventure in the outdoors. She runs marathons and climbs mountains; and maintains an active lifestyle with her husband and two sons.


Sarah, raised in SE Portland, lived in Virginia, Philadelphia, and New York City, before return back to her stomping ground. She and her high-school lover-boy husband have a son and are expecting another bundle of boy in April 2005. Today she is an associate producer for Weblogs, Inc. - an AOL company.  She is also a board member for Cafe Au Play - a non-profit seeking to establish a community-focused coffee house and gathering place for parents of young children.


Erica moved from Berkeley, CA to Portland in April 2004 with her husband and son. She is working towards a degree in nursing, while juggling life as a mom and wife. Erica loves their wonderful little house in Ladd's Addition, where the neighborhood streets are lined with trees and the blocks are dotted with rose gardens. She and her family agree that Portland was the right choice for their young family.